616 sq km/238 sq m); 43 km/27 miles long 23 km/14 miles wide.
St Lucia is a volcanic island with 158 km of coastline and is dominatedby high peaks and rain forests and is known for the twin peaks of Gros Piton andPetit Piton on the southwestern coast. The highest peak is Mount Gimie –958m.The island is divided into 11 quarters – Anse la Raye, Canaries, Castries, Choiseul,Dennery, Forest, Gros Islet, Laborie, Micoud, Soufriere, Vieux Fort. The island has5 administrative parishes – Charlotte, St Andrew, St David, St George, St Patrick.
Official language is English; the local dialect is French Patois.
Eastern Caribbean dollar EC$ (fixed to the US Dollar); US dollarsare widely accepted.
Hewanorra International Airport on the southern tip of the islandhandles international flights. The George F.L. Charles Airport in Castries handlesinter-Caribbean traffic.
8 hours 45 minutes from London – BA and Virgin fly from Gatwick;Virgin fly from Manchester; 4 hours from New York – with American Airlines.
Tropical climate with little seasonal temperature variation averaging 27°c;average daily sunshine is 8 – 9 hours; seasonal rainfall between June and December.
St Lucia is the second largest of the Windward Islands and part of theLesser Antilles, with the Caribbean Sea on the west coast and the Atlantic Oceanon the east coast.
St Lucia is an ex-British colony and has been an independent statein the Commonwealth since February 1979; Governor General - Pearlette Louisy;Prime Minister - Stephenson King.
In 2005 GDP grew by 5.1% Tourism and banana production are themain sources of income for St Lucia and the tourist industry is its biggest employer.Improvements in roads, communications and services infrastructure have attractedforeign investment. The World Bank has recently placed St Lucia in the top 30countries in the world to invest, making St Lucia the only Caricom country tomake the top 30.
St Lucia is considered to be the most romantic destination in the Caribbeanand attracts a large number of visitors each year. In 2005 tourist visitors totalled over700,000 mainly from the US and UK and tourism accounted for more than 48% of St Lucia’s GDP. High season – mid Dec to mid April.